Philip M. Shimnoski

Philip M. Shimnoski

Philip M.Shimnoski of Otsego, died April 13, 2012 in Kalamazoo. Philip was born October 22, 1938 in Manistee, MI to E. Michael and Mildred (Hall) Shimnoski. He served his country as a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy retiring after 20 years of service. After the service he worked for Honeywell retiring as an Electronic Engineer. Philip was a life member of the VFW Post 3030, a member of the American Legion in South Haven and a member of the US Submarine Veterans Holland club. In his leisure time he enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, bowling, including a 300 game, and spending time with friends.

On August 13, 2011 in Wellston he was married to Kathy Plotts who survives. Also surviving are his children, Pam (Andy) Bowerman, Patti Hubbard, Paula Shimnoski, Peggy Ross, Penny Brown and Paula (Terry) Donaldson; brother J. Scotty (Barbara) Shimnoski, sister Joyce Ann (John) Jeruzal; 2 step children, Connie Rose and Randy (Lisa) Plotts; many grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents and a brother David Hall Shimnoski.

In keeping with his wishes cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at Noon at the Otsego VFW Post 3030 in Otsego with Father Liepka officiating. Military Honors by Otsego VFW Post 3030. Contributions in memory of Philip may be made to VFW Post 3030.

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  1. Jim and Lisa McKee says:

    Kathy, Scotty, Girls and families;

    We were so sad to hear first about Phil’s illness and then of his passing. He was a good friend. We are thinking and praying for all your families. Be tough – Phil would want you to be.

    Jim and Lisa

  2. Barb Thompson says:

    Kathy so very sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you.Love you Barb

  3. Terri Plotts says:

    Kathy, I am so very sorry for the pain you are going thru. You are in my prayers. I’ve asked Jesus to give you Love, guidance and strength to get thru this terrible time of loss.
    Love You
    Terri Lee

  4. Your family in DAA says:

    We are so grateful for your gift to this world..Paula Lynne Donaldson…she has touched so many people and saved so many lives. We know she will miss her father Phillip Shimnoski.deeply.

  5. Paula says:

    Paula, please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We know your deep faith and trust in God will help you through this difficult time. We love you.

    Don & Wendy Teal

  6. Rebecca Chapman says:

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. My heartfelt prayers and condolences for your family.

  7. Norm & Deanna Skrzypczak says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Phil was a part of our lives and we shared many good times together. He introduced us some 53 years ago. He will always be in our hearts. Our prayers are with you for strength and comfort.

  8. Marie McPherson says:

    Jeff & I are sending you strength, hugs and prayers during this time. We only wish we could have met him. xoxo

  9. Daryl & Carol Baxter says:

    Very sorry to hear about Phil, he was a good friend and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  10. David and Francesca fields says:

    We love you and are praying for you. We are so sorry for your loss.
    Love, Dave and Francesca

  11. Bob and Sandy Baker says:

    Kathy, So sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Love, Bob and Sandy

  12. Cindy Murphy says:

    Paula, I am so sorry. Losing your dad is so difficult, and there are no words to shortcut the experience. Please know that I love you, I am praying for you and your family, and that your sadness matters a lot to me and many, many others here in Dallas. God bless you all. Cindy

  13. Kelli Miller says:

    I am so sorry about the loss of your father. Praying for you and your family.


  14. Kathryn Storey says:

    Paula, I am so saddened to hear the news of your father’s passing. Terry has been so good to keep us updated. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We both know that God has you held close with His arms surrounding you with His peace, comfort, and love. I’m here if you need anything.

  15. Vincent Webb says:

    Paula we are sorry for your loss, you and your family are in our prayers.
    Vincent Webb

  16. Jim and Pat Minto says:

    Shimnoski Girls. We are so sorry to hear about your father. And so soon after your mother. He was a good friend to us. Always ready at our pig roast with his knives to help cut up the pig. He will be missed. We are still in Florida so will not be able to attend on Tuesday, but our thoughts are with you.

    And also with you Kathy. If you need anything when we get back dont hesitate to call.

  17. Gwen Jameson says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Phil. He had a great sense of humor, and went out of his way to get to know you. I will miss his laugh. Thinking of you Kathy, and his family.
    Love Gwen

  18. Edward Feury Sub Vet & Cdr of Escolar Base says:

    Kathy, Scotty, Daughters & Stepdaughters, I would like to share my condolances and prayers with you. Phil was a very good friend and we have lost a very special person. I was very surprised and shocked to hear of his passing. I understand he has been pretty ill since after the first of the year. He was in a lot of pain and this may be a blessing. He is certainly in a better place now. Phil has gone on Eternal Patrol. Shipmate rest your oars. I will miss you Phil. So will your shipmates from Escolar Base. Ed Feury

  19. Mark and Lori Ammann says:

    We are so sorry for your loss and are praying for you and your family as you go through this difficult time.
    Love, Mark and Lori

  20. Bob & Nancy Wielinga says:

    Kathy, We are so very sorry for your loss. We know that Phil was with the love of his life when he passed. He was a very lucky and happy man.He was a very dear friend and we will miss him very much. You are in our prayers. If there is anything we can do for you do not hesatate to call. We will keep in touch with you.

  21. Lloyd Bigham III (USAF, Ret) says:

    Very sorry Paula (S.), for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you, at this time. I appreciate the service your Dad gave while in the U.S. Navy and to your family.

  22. john Grey sub vet Escolar Base Mi. says:

    My condolences to Phils family. We served on the SS340.
    We enjoyed the Sub vets meetings talking old times.
    John Grey

  23. Richard "Doc" Smith says:

    Phil will not grow old now, as we that are left behind do…age will not change him and the years will not condemn him… At the breaking of the dawn and the setting of the sun we shall remember him…
    Warm regards to Kathy and the family
    Doc Smith

  24. Michelle Westervelt says:


    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father.

    Love Michelle

  25. Bob & Jan Kenny Class of 57 says:

    Sorry to hear of Phil’s passing, we had many good times together while growing up in Manistee. Have tried to find him numerious times in the Irons & Dublin area, wasn’t aware he had moved. Our prayers are with you during this sad time.

  26. Dave Schuelke, Manistee High School Class of 57 says:

    Our deepest sympathy to his family. During our years in high school Phil was both a neighbor and classmate. He will always remain in our memories of those times gone by.

  27. Donna Horn says:

    We lost my Dad a year ago last month so I know all to well what you are facing. I am always here for you.

    Love and Prayers, Donna Horn

  28. Richard and Colleen Welch says:

    we had many happy experiences with Phil and will definitely miss him.Our prayers are with you.

  29. Allison Donnelly says:

    I am sorry to hear about your loss Paula. It is a life changing experience to loose a parent and nothing seems to make you feel better about them being gone. My mother passed in 2007 and my whole world changed. Today I miss my mother often however I think of the wonderful times we spent together and how blessed I was to have a mother 30 years:) You and your family will be in my prayers.

    Allison Donnelly

  30. Chuck Oleniczak class of 57 says:

    Dear Kathy and family; Phil and I were classmates at M.H.S. and played football together in 9th and 10th grd. He and I both chose to serve in the Navy, he was under the water and I was on top on a carrier. I’m very sorry for your loss he will be deeply missed, I’m sure. It’s sad that time and distance takes people away from those they care about, we had great times in High School eating Galloways cookies! We wil keep you in our prayers, Love, Chuck and Jeanne OLENICZAK, Manistee

  31. Mikel Strall says:

    Very sorry to hear of Phil’s passing. My deepest sympathy to his loved ones at this sad time. My prayers are with you all.

  32. John Mrozik, Class of 1956 says:

    Philip and I were boyhood friends. Philip was tough; he played football with abandon; he had great, piercing yet kind eyes. We roamed the hills on the northside near Lake Michigan at a time when there no condos there. He was a good friend.

  33. Rose in Texas says:

    To all of Phil’s daughters,

    I was stunned to learn of your father’s passing. He was so strong I could not imagine that he would ever leave you. I don’t know if you remember me or not, but I had met several of you and remember you well. To those that I had not met, your Dad spoke so often of you, I felt like I knew you too. I offer my deepest condolences from the bottom of my heart. And I am really glad that he had found a partner to be with him.

    I know how sad you must be. I am so sorry.

    You are all on my mind and in my prayers.


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